Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids by Timothy E. Wilens MD, Paul G. Hammerness MD

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By Timothy E. Wilens MD, Paul G. Hammerness MD

Deciding no matter if to provide your baby medicine for an emotional or behavioral challenge is likely one of the hardest offerings a mum or dad can face. Will drugs fairly support? How lengthy will it's wanted? The surgeon may well say it really is completely safe--but what in regards to the information tales approximately overuse and hazards? From skilled baby psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Wilens, this bestselling consultant has already empowered many tens of hundreds of thousands of oldsters to develop into lively, trained managers in their kid's care. Dr. Wilens explains how medicines paintings; their influence on young ones' feelings, character, institution functionality, and overall healthiness; the dangers and advantages of commonly used antidepressants; and lots more and plenty more.


New within the 3rd version: The totally up to date 3rd version info the most recent advances in treating particular disorders--with major new details on bipolar ailment and ADHD--and bargains updated solutions to oldsters' commonly asked questions.


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The most common scenario in our clinics is the concurrent use of medications and psychotherapy. Although not well studied formally, feedback from kids, parents, siblings, and schools generally indicates that psychotherapy and medications together have an additive and more lasting effect than either treatment alone. One recent large 2-year study supported this idea, indicating that children with ADHD achieved “wellness” more commonly when treated with medications plus psychotherapy than when they received either treatment alone.

It is difficult to disentangle whether the child is acting a certain way based on a particular parenting style or whether the parent is reacting to the child’s biologically based problem. Autism serves as a perfect example: Mothers of autistic children are not “stone-faced” and generally indiffer- 38 WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ent to the subtle needs of their children, as was previously believed; let’s face it, if your child does not react to your smiles, you eventually will smile at your child less often.

Cognitive functions: Activities related to the ability to think—take in and process information, reason, memorize, learn, and communicate. motor functions: Activities related to the ability to move. 30 WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW FIGURE 1. Brain areas relevant to neuropsychotic disorders. The brain communicates within itself and with other parts of the body through nerve connections. The area in which the nerve cells connect and communicate with each other is called the synapse. Every thought and physical action is related to activity in the synapse.

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